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Astros manager rumors: Brad Ausmus joins Dusty Baker, Buck Showalter, John Gibbons as candidates for

The Houston Astros aren’t wasting any time when it comes to finding their replacement for former manager A.J. Hinch, who was ousted in the wake of the team’s sign-stealing scandal last Monday. After the club was reportedly connected to former Blue Jays manager John Gibbons and former Baltimore Orioles skipper Buck Showalter for the position, another name emerged Friday.

Former Tigers and Angels manager and former Astros catcher Brad Ausmus is now a candidate for the job, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. Ausmus, 50, spent 10 of his 18 seasons as a player in Houston uniform. He also managed the Tigers for four seasons and led them to a division title in 2014. Ausmus managed the Angels in 2019 and guided them to a disappointing 72-90 record before being let go in favor of Joe Maddon. Across five seasons as a major league manager, Ausmus has a record of 386-422 (.478).

Former Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker was also set to meet with the club earlier in the week to discuss their managerial vacancy, according to McTaggart.

Astros owner Jim Crane announced the firings of Hinch along with general manager Jeff Luhlow following the completion of Major League Baseball’s investigation and punishment toward the Astros for their high-tech sign-stealing scandal. With less than a month until spring training begins, the clock is ticking for the Astros to find Hinch’s permanent replacement.

Interesting contrast with a certain team off the Back Bay…...

 

QLE Posted: January 25, 2020 at 12:49 AM | 27 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: astros, brad ausmus, buck showalter, dusty baker, john gibbons, managerial search

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   1. TJ Posted: January 25, 2020 at 09:49 AM (#5919231)
Hiring Ausmus as manager must be a secret protocol in the MLB agreement to further punish the Astros.
   2. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 25, 2020 at 11:43 AM (#5919242)
How many managers have managed three different clubs in a four-year span? Billy Martin and John McNamara did.
   3. stanmvp48 Posted: January 25, 2020 at 12:06 PM (#5919246)
How many have managed 5 different teams?
   4. SoSH U at work Posted: January 25, 2020 at 12:20 PM (#5919248)
How many have managed 5 different teams?


Dick Williams and Johnny Mac managed six. Managers of five teams included Billy, Davey Johnson, Trader Jack, and, of course, Jim Riggleman. I'm sure there are others.
   5. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: January 25, 2020 at 12:25 PM (#5919250)
How many have managed 5 different teams?

Bucky Harris managed 5 teams (WAS, DET, BOS, NYA, and PHI), and had repeat stints with DET and WAS, managing the senators three separate times.
   6. Ken Griffey Junior Bacon Cheeseburger Posted: January 25, 2020 at 07:41 PM (#5919282)
Dick Williams and Johnny Mac managed six.


Jimmy Dykes managed six as well; the White Sox, Athletics, Orioles, Red(leg)s, Tigers and Indians.
   7. "RMc", the superbatsman Posted: January 25, 2020 at 07:49 PM (#5919284)
Hiring Ausmus as manager must be a secret protocol in the MLB agreement to further punish the Astros.

As long as the sumbitch is managing somebody else, he can't manage the Tigers.
   8. flournoy Posted: January 25, 2020 at 10:18 PM (#5919300)
How many managers have managed three different clubs in a four-year span?


Jim Leyland did.
   9. LargeBill Posted: January 26, 2020 at 12:58 PM (#5919349)
8. flournoy Posted: January 25, 2020 at 10:18 PM (#5919300)

How many managers have managed three different clubs in a four-year span?



Jim Leyland did.


That threw me for a loop. Had to go look it up. Somehow, I had completely forgotten his season with the Rockies. I mainly think of him being manager of the Pirates, but his WS win was during his short stint with Miami and Detroit was the only place he had a winning record.
   10. Mayor Blomberg Posted: January 26, 2020 at 01:20 PM (#5919351)
Surprised no one mentioned Joe Torre for 5 teams
   11. SoSH U at work Posted: January 26, 2020 at 01:40 PM (#5919354)

Surprised no one mentioned Joe Torre for 5 teams


I completely forgot about his Dodgers stint.

   12. The Yankee Clapper Posted: January 26, 2020 at 02:33 PM (#5919362)
Billy Martin not only managed 5 different MLB teams (Twins, Tigers, Rangers, Yankees & A’s), but he also had 5 different stints managing the Yankees (1975-part of 1978, part of 1979, 1983, most of 1985, and part of 1988). Top that!
   13. Mayor Blomberg Posted: January 26, 2020 at 07:29 PM (#5919422)
Everyone also foreget about Piniella with the Cubs? I did.

NYY, 96-98
CIN, 90-92
SEA, 93-02
TBR, 03-05
CHC, 07-10
   14. SoSH U at work Posted: January 26, 2020 at 07:33 PM (#5919423)
Everyone also foreget about Piniella with the Cubs? I did.


Nope, the Yankees.
   15. Mayor Blomberg Posted: January 26, 2020 at 09:31 PM (#5919450)
Jeff Torborg (half season w/ the Spos)
   16. Nasty Nate Posted: January 28, 2020 at 11:11 AM (#5919869)
DUSTY!
   17. Blastin Posted: January 28, 2020 at 11:20 AM (#5919872)
NYY, 96-98


Pretty sure that was Torre.


I am mad they have Dusty, because I like him, and I find them odious, and so now I much root for Dusty, who I really like a lot from afar, to lose, though it will thus be blamed on him.
   18. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: January 28, 2020 at 11:24 AM (#5919874)
DUSTY!

Man, I hope Dusty tells the front office to f*** right off, and he's going to manage his team.
   19. base ball chick Posted: January 28, 2020 at 11:34 AM (#5919877)
i would guess that they picked the Old Skool guy to show that they Have Learned Their Lesson and no more computer types

and the new FO is not changed - just new gm - and the entire analytics department is not going away, so dusty is not gonna be managing like it's 1970
   20. flournoy Posted: January 28, 2020 at 11:39 AM (#5919881)
So Dusty Baker will manage his fifth National League team, but this time will do so in the American League.
   21. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: January 28, 2020 at 11:46 AM (#5919885)
and the new FO is not changed - just new gm - and the entire analytics department is not going away, so dusty is not gonna be managing like it's 1970

Sure, but Dusty holds all the cards here. This is almost certainly his last job. His contract will be guaranteed. The Astros front office is in disrepute.

If he says "Thanks for that input, but I disagree", I'm not sure what the GM's leverage is.
   22. base ball chick Posted: January 28, 2020 at 11:54 AM (#5919889)
i seriously doubt the players, who are used to, and LIKE, all that analytical input into their hitting/positioning/pitching, are gonna stand for an ozzie guillen situation where ozzie always threw all scouting info away - well, no scouting info here, just computer stuff. his thing is keeping a good clubhouse and if he doesn't let the players have the info they need to succeed, THAT won't happen

i seriously doubt he's gonna have control over who the team calls up or sends down or even plays - that's LONG gone

dusty's changed a lot since th 03 cubs. i don't know why he was fired in cincy or washington - i guess the belief that dusty can't win in the postseason - like the athletics
   23. Blastin Posted: January 28, 2020 at 12:15 PM (#5919896)
He won't be a lame duck, but he also won't be completely in charge. We'll see.

I hope he personally does well and the team loses because they all suck at playing.
   24. Mayor Blomberg Posted: January 28, 2020 at 12:27 PM (#5919902)
NYY, 96-98

Pretty sure that was Torre.


Yup. But 1986-8 was Pinella.
   25. Mayor Blomberg Posted: January 28, 2020 at 12:33 PM (#5919906)
Chandler Rome [Houston Chronicle Astros Beat]
@Chandler_Rome- ]13m
To clarify: yes, Baker remains a strong candidate for the team's managerial vacancy. He and owner Jim Crane have been in touch, a source said. But nothing is done.

Chandler Rome
@Chandler_Rome - 1h
Two sources with knowledge of the situation say there's no confirmation that the Astros will hire Dusty Baker as their manager. @BNightengale reports Houston will choose Baker, the three-time Manager of the Year winner who has won more than 1,800 games
   26. . Posted: January 28, 2020 at 01:25 PM (#5919934)
As long as the sumbitch is managing somebody else, he can't manage the Tigers.


Pulling Anibal Sanchez, who'd pitched a perfect sixth and a perfect seventh, in favor of Joba ####### Chamberlain in Game 2 of the 2014 ALDS was dumber than ten boxes of really dumb rocks.
   27. . Posted: January 28, 2020 at 01:28 PM (#5919936)
Sure, but Dusty holds all the cards here. This is almost certainly his last job. His contract will be guaranteed. The Astros front office is in disrepute.

If he says "Thanks for that input, but I disagree", I'm not sure what the GM's leverage is.


Yep.

Good for Dusty. Only a soulless cretin would root for the Astros' front office nerds over him. My rooting interests almost never run to soulless cretin-hood, so it's pretty clear where they lie.

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